Pablo Tabernero (1910-1996) was a distinguished cinematographer during the Golden Age of Argentine cinema. He is recognized for his unique contribution to Film Noire and to the works of directors like Carlos Hugo Christensen, Mario Soffici, Hugo del Carril, and Luis Saslavsky to name a few, and his work has been recognized by Jorge Luis Borges and exhibited at the MOMA.
Shortly before his death, Tabernero started to write initial pages of an autobiography. These unfinished memories were preceded by a revealing title: "Scenes in the life of a wandering Jew", a title that inspired writer-director Montes-Bradley to retrace the three decades previous to his arrival in Buenos Aires in an attempt to decipher his formative years and artistic evolution. In the process, the film gained with the reconstruction of Tabernero social background, his formative years in Berlin and Mainz in between the two great wars, and through the Weimar experience ending with Hitler’s rise to power and the purge of Jewish cinematographers that forced into exile, some, to Barcelona.
In Barcelona, Tabernero will work very closely with a large community of German expatriates that had founded production companies in an attempt to recreate much of the spirit of the Weimar period in Berlin. But in 1636 the Spanish Civil War breaks out and Tabernero is “invited” to join the columns of Anarchist on the march to defend the republic against the fascist, From this experience, Montes-Bradley managed to salvage a considerable number of the political film of propaganda that would later serve as examples for the next two generations of insurrectional documentary film making in Europe as well as in Latina America, Africa and in the United States.
The film concludes with the arrival of Tabernero in Buenos Aires in 1937 where he works alongside the most important filmmaker of the Peronist years making a distinguished name for himself as one of the most accomplished Directors of Photography of all times.
1. “Searching 4 Tabernero” la última película de Eduardo Montes-Bradley
2. En busca de un maestro de la iluminación: Pablo Tabernero
SEARCHING 4-TABERNERO produced by HERITAGE FILM PROJECT in association with SOY CINE with the support of INCAA | DEUTSCHE KINAMETHEK | FILMOTECA DE CATALUNYA and FILMOTECA ESPAÑOLA executive producer Henry WEINSCHENK + Rodolfo DURÁN + Ernesto WEINSCHENK producer Soledad LIENDO written, directed and edited by Eduado MONTES-BRADLEY